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I guess I’m weird…

November 17, 2008

I have Christmas spirit.  I really do.  I just don’t really get into it until after Thanksgiving.  I love Thanksgiving.  Love it.  It was always our biggest family gathering.  Amazingly drama-free, Thanksgiving has always been so much fun.  Lots of people crowded into a small house, eating the best food EVER, talking, watching football, and sleeping.  Best holiday, hands down.

Christmas is great.  I mean, hel-lo, celebrating the birth of Jesus?  It should be a big deal.  And it is.  It is in my heart, and my girls will never be asked whose birthday they are celebrating on December 25th and look up and say, “Grandpa’s?”  (I did that.)

We don’t have a tree.  I think we had one our first Christmas.  It was a rather small thing, barely taller than The Husband.  I’m not even quite sure how we had ornaments for it, to tell you the truth.  It was old, though, and kind of hurting, so it didn’t get taken out after that first Christmas.  Our second Christmas, when we were in a house and had a 2-month-old, there was not going to be a tree.  Apparently that could possibly be a federal offense, so we were given a small tree (two feet tall) that came with small shiny plastic ornaments.  We put it on our dining room table.  I’m looking around and I’m not sure where we’ll put it this year since Li’l Bit could get her hands on it…

But… really?  I wouldn’t mind if we didn’t have a tree at all.

Don’t look at me like that.

Seriously.  Stop.

The grandparents put trees up.  Friends do.  The girls will see plenty of trees.  Where do we put the presents, you ask?  …What presents?

Okay, pick up your jaw.

The Husband and I give each other something.  We buy for our family.  We open all of our gifts at the grandparents’ houses.  So as far as the girls are concerned, Santa takes their gifts there.  Does it really matter as long as they get them?  I don’t think so.  Besides, they’re not given by us.  We gave Big Sister her first gift last year, and she quickly dismissed it in favor of a similar item given to her by her great-grandmother, so I’m okay with them just getting their much-appreciated gifts from other family members.

We’ll probably have lights up.  The Husband is okay with not having a tree this year, but he likes lights.  I like them because he does them and I don’t have to help.  I did lights one year when I was single.  I’m pretty sure they were still on the house when I moved out… in July or August…  I love looking at Christmas lights. Other people’s Christmas lights are best.  Big Sister has these really cool glasses that make the lights look like little snowmen.  I’ve never been high on an illegal substance, but I’m pretty sure it’s all kinds of trippy.

There’s a part of me that thinks there’s some piece of Mom Gene missing from me in that I don’t get all excited about decorating in general.  I think it’s so cool to see people’s creative ideas for nurseries and kids’ rooms.  I saw one little girl’s room all done with a High School Musical theme — with the title even painted on the wall!  The mom is completely prepared to change it when a new fad comes along!  The only reason my girls have matching “art” in their room is because I went through a Kim Anderson phase in high school.

The good thing is, I’m almost certain they’re not going to know any better.  That their furniture is a mixture of things I had when I lived with my grandmother and hand-me-downs from generous friends.  That if anything matches, it’s almost guaranteed to be accidental. 

I had Holly Hobby window treatments and matching bed spread until I was out of the house.  I never had a second thought about it.  I also never realized that we were getting just three gifts a year under the tree until I was told as an adult that was the case.  We always had what we needed.  Most of the time, we always got what we wanted as well.

That’s a tradition I don’t mind carrying on.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2008 11:50 am

    When we first got married, we got a BEAUTIFUL pre-lit Christmas tree that was over $500. Only my husband got it for around $100 because it was after Christmas and he was so proud of his bargain. It really is gorgeous. I had grandiose plans to buy new decorations each year with a theme. (Martha Stewart and K-Mart make that easy, by the way.) Uh, yeah.

    We might be going to Tennessee for Christmas due to my husband’s brother-in-law having surgery that might prevent them from traveling here. The first thing I thought was, “Oh good, I don’t have to put the tree up.” You are not alone.

    But yes, Thanksgiving is the awesomest holiday. Because I’ll be there. That makes it awesome.

  2. soundsliketomatoes permalink
    November 17, 2008 12:24 pm

    Let’s see…the first 3 Christmases, we had no tree as we spent the holidays with my inlaws, and we were way too busy and broker than the 10 Commandments. Our first Christmas with a tree ended up being one we bought for $20 at Walmart. It was THE ugliest, homeliest, disgrace for a tree. You could see the wall through it. It wasn’t one of those trendy Charlie Brown Christmas Trees, but it was the same thing. But once we had kids, we decorated, just set the decorations a little higher. Now I have a really nice pre-lit tree and we do my penguin decorations, mostly because now we spend Christmas at home, and our kids have a ball.

    Whatever works for your family- there’s no set rules. You can always change your mind.

  3. November 17, 2008 12:53 pm

    we had a tree last year. it was 1 ft high. and it was beautiful and filled with all our ornaments.

    this year, i’ve decided to pull out my artificially realistically fake tree. and it will be beautiful too. with all our ornaments. all 10 of them.

    well… 15. i just bought some more.

  4. amanda permalink
    November 17, 2008 2:53 pm

    I love that you don’t get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas. You are teaching your daughters the true meaning of Christams…it’s not about the decorations or the presents or even the lights. You go girl, you’ve inspired me, maybe I won’t put up a tree this year either…nah! 🙂

  5. Jen permalink
    November 18, 2008 4:59 pm

    Ok, so I gotta be honest. This one hurt a bit to read….I mean, I think getting the point across about Jesus and His birthday is so important and should be a bigger focus than the decorations and gifts. However, I’m one for traditions and well, it stung a bit to see so many people not put a tree up 🙂

    To each his own and let’s just say I can’t wait for you to come to my house this Thursday as all decorations, trees and even some already wrapped presents are ALL over the house. Did I mention the hot cider I will be serving? 🙂
    Merry EARLY Christmas!

  6. November 18, 2008 5:03 pm

    I think I was misunderstood. I don’t think it’s bad AT ALL to have a tree, lights, a zillion presents under the tree — especially if you keep the main thing the main thing, which you and every other person who commented do. It was really just about me not having the whole desire to do any of that stuff, and really — that IS kind of weird, and I’m okay with that!

    I’m like Scrooge Lite. 😉 We’ll probably have a tree when we have a house, because I want to do Christmas at our house with our families. So see, I’m not all scary! 😀

  7. Carrie permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:20 pm

    I see your point. I know people that don’t have the decorator gene. I’m not one of them.

    I enjoy Thanksgiving, but mostly just to get it out of the way so it can officially be Christmas…lol. All the holidays are big in my family but there is just something about Christmas. I love it. I am deeply saddened to take down my stuff, so I put it up early so I have longer to look at it.

    My first Christmas out of the house my mom bought me a 4 foot tree from Big Lots so I could have Christmas at my apartment. I’ve had one EVERY year since then. Last year it was a big deal to me…to decorate my first house. I was nervous about it this year b/c of Buggy but she’s been amazing. All you have to say is a nice, stern “NO” and she backs away from the tree. She even has her own in her room (Thanks to Ron & Kristen).

    Usually I’m the only freak putting stuff up way early but I’ve been surprised this year at how many people are doing it too. I’ve even seen Christmas lights in yards (I do wait until AFTER Turkey day for that…other people might see my freakishness).

    P.S. When you get a house, I’ll help you do up the girls’ rooms :o)

  8. Lori F. permalink
    November 20, 2008 5:13 am

    so i told my husband about your non-gift giving, because lets it face my child has more toys than 12 kids need, thanks to grandparents,aunts,uncles..etc.
    so this year? from us?
    he gets…
    wait for it…
    a stocking.
    thats it. we are putting in it, little tidbits (the child tends to like cheap things,lol…lucky me) and a movie that he says he really really wants (and its one i dont mind).

    thanks for the insperation.

    i mean, dont get me wrong i was spoiled rotten with toys every christmas, i got the motherload. but he gets enought from everyone. last year, it all barely fit in the trunk and backseat, how crazy!!!

    but a tree will be put up, i am worried about the cat though..hmm.. and lights too. 🙂 but i get you!!! i so understand!!! lol 😉

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